Thursday, September 10, 2015

Suicide Awareness Day

"Not All Disabilities Are Visible"

Suicide Facts
  • 10th leading cause of death in U.S. adults.
  • 3rd leading cause among U.S. adolescents.
  • More than 34,000 individuals take their own life each year.
  • More women attempt suicide each year then men.
  • Men are four times more likely to die by suicide then women.
  • The highest risk for suicide is people under 24 or over 65 years old.
  • Who is at risk:
    • Substance abuse
    • Those who are intoxicated
    • Access to firearms
    • Chronic medial illness
    • History of trauma
    • Isolation
    • Recent tragedy or loss
    • Agitation and sleep deprivation

Warning Signs
  • Making treats or comments about killing themselves
  • Increased alcohol and drug use
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Social withdrawal 
  • Dramatic mood swings
  • Preoccupation with talking, writing or thinking about death
  • Impulsive or reckless behavior

This is just a quick summery, if you would like to learn more visit: National Alliance on Mental Illness

If you know someone who needs help and is in an emergency call 911 immediately.

I have learned so much about the benefits psychiatric service dogs provide for those struggling with mental health problems from The Lola Project. While medications are the main course of treatment, more and more of my furry companions are being trained to support and help those with mental health disorders. 

If you are interested in learning more about mental illness and/or psychiatric service dogs I encourage you to visit The Lola Project. They are great at answering any question you may have on this topic. They also sell these bandanas you see in the pictures, if you are interested in one simply message them.

I love these bandanas I got from The Lola Project. They are a great reminder that not everyone's disabilities is visible. Someone may be smiling on the outside but hurting on the inside. 

I'm giving two of these bandanas away in a giveaway! Enter for your chance to win one of the bandanas you see on the wall. There will be two winners. Simply be a US resident who is 18 years of age and enter the rafflecopter below! Contest goes until 9/16/15 at midnight.

Today I'm joining the Thoughtless Thursday Blog Hop hosted by Ruckus the Eskie, Love is Being Owned by a Huskie, and M.K.Clinton


  1. Many people are depressed and feel alone but don't know where to turn. Suicide is not the answer. Such a sad thing.

  2. This is a serious issue indeed. What an excellent post.

    Have a woof woof day Spencer. ☺

  3. Great post! Will check out the Lola Project!

  4. Such a scary topic :( Thanks for sharing this.
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  5. Great PSA post! Scary subject that needs to be talked about more!
    Stop by our blog today and enter to win some ice cream!

  6. Thanks for sharing this important reminder!

  7. You are so right "Not All Disabilities Are Visible". Thanks for sharing!